Sunday, July 17, 2011

Art Journal #3

This page,like the others really just evolved. I dragged tumbled glass distress ink and bundelled sage distress ink across the paper to create a background. I then stamped one of our new large stamps on the right side using silver colorbox ink. The silver flower image on the left is made using a design adhesive and holographic metallic foil. this one evolved around the words: 'There are no Ordinary Moments" I wanted to make it a bit Etherial.

Now with this page, I wanted to use the swirl flower type technique and then thought, it's a bit out there! I then thought of the them of daring to dream and be a little different, hence the use of some unusual colours. Obviously the wings represent the desire to fly and achieve all that you set your heart on. I love layering papers and often enjoy putting some colours together that I wouldn't have thought of but that would make some ideal backgrounds.
Now I know the Art Journal is taking over this blog just a little, but when you look at the pages, there may be something in them that you like. Take that little thing and use it in your next creation.
I hope you have a creative week- mine will be!
Take care

Monday, July 11, 2011

Art Journal #2

This page was fun because I created the background using inks and stamps. It's great to let yourself be free with them.I just love trees, so it seemed natural to do a tree. I used the kaszazz stamps and the ezy press for the leaves. I just love the leaf die . I punched the blossoms out of SB paper using the small scallop punch. As I was doing this I was pondering how our lives change and move through different seasons, this really is theraputic.

 Sorry for the strange placement- the computer has a mind of its own!! This actually started out as me sticking down some SB paper to cover the ink that had leaked through from the other page. I then wanted to use distress crackle paint in white, so I just painted it and then thought it looked a bit waterfallish. It all just grew from there. I added bits of smooch to highlight as well as glitter. The words on here are: Give thanks. It doesn't matter who you thank, just make sure you are grateful to family, friends, for situations and give thanks to any higher power whom you worship if that's your thing. It can do so much for your soul to be grateful. It lifts you up and helps you to soar.
Well, that's my bit of art and philosophy for today.
Hope you have a great week.
Take care

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Art Journal #1

Well, I've been having the best time creating an Art Journal! What I"ve enjoyed the most is the freedom of knowing that this is just for me. I don't have to create to give it to anyone, it's just for the fun of it. I've used a visual arts diary for this. All products are Kaszazz . On the cover I"ve used an eclectic blend of  our SB papers. The words are from our Carnival stamp set, the ferns are a  Lucy stamp, everything is current. I punched 3 large daisies and 3 medium ones to create the flower in the corner. The base paper is a print, but I stamped over it using chalk ink - berrylicious, lime pastel, pink pastel. I also distressed the edges.
On the first page , I drew the face using pencil and then coloured parts in using the stylus and sponges and distress inks. I stamped again with berrylicious on the background as well as coloured the background in with a sponge. I used the Girls rubons for the extra words etc that are black. Of course some glitter was added....... naturally.
Anyway, I hope this inspires you to head out and pick up a visual arts diary to do some creating. Give it a go, I think you're going to love it!
Take care

Monday, July 4, 2011

A fairy gift !!

Recently it was some very special little twin girls 10th birthday. I decided to give them each a fairy picture that I'd drawn and each one captures their personality. I drew them with chalk pastels. I also made them each a box and in the box they received a crystal cave which when you put them together they join perfectly . I wanted to show the boxes but unfortunately the photos are too shocking!! Not unlike my photography of the above pics!!
Anyway, Hope you enjoy and I've more to share, so FINALLY I'll get to popping up some posts.
Have a great week.
Take care

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Art Space !

Recently I did a major tidy up and created my own space to create! Not the dining room table! Now I can create without tidying up the mess each time. I just thought I'd share my creative space with you, although it certainly doesn't show how much craft stuff I have - whew!  I've also posted some pics of up and coming workshops.

 French Provincial Frame workshop - $30

 Adorable Fairy Princess layout - $30
Please send me an email if you want details of either of these two fantastic workshops!
Take care

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Simple sunset card

This card grew out of a sunset card I spotted in a magazine. I then used distress inks- fired brick, marmalade and mustard with the blending tools to create the background on plain white card. Using ancient page coal black, I then stamped the tree, bird, flowers and butterflies on the front and inside. I finished it off with a black organdy ribbon and 3 peach coloured diamantes. All products are from Kaszazz, but some are only available as a hostess!!
I'd love to see what you create with the sunset colours, so come on, when you've made your card or page, please take a photo and email it to me so I can pop it on the blog for all to be inspired by ! Don't keep your creation to yourself- share!!!
Anyway, hope you have a great week and create something fantastic.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Erin's birthday cards

Today was Erin's birthday, and these were her made cards. The Butterfly one was made by me. It's quite self explanatory really. I used the cuttlebug for various embossed effects. I layered the butterfly with black under- the trick is if you want the card to look like it is see through, punch out the same colour as the background and layer it under the punched shape. I then used sticky bling to bling it up!
The second card is from my sister, Di. Her style is more cute than mine. She obviously also used the cuttlebug for texture, but made the fence using the cricut - very cute. Not sure I agree with the sentiment, but she felt safe saying it as she is miles away! My kids love getting Aunty Di's cards because they are always of such high standard and meticulously done. Thanks
I hope these have inspired you just a little to pick up some card, a stamp and a punch and create something wonderful this week.
Take care till next time.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love that Smile Layout

I had a great time designing this page using our newest products. I set myself a challenge to use the rubons and then it grew from there! I haven't done another page, but easily could as have the other half of the rubons left. So, this is quite a simple design using blocks of paper. Some of the paper is edged in dark brown chalk ink. The little green rectangle bazzill piece has been stamped all over using the small owl in the stamp set listed. I then punched out 4 holes and thread ribbon in a criss cross fashion and tied the centre together in a bow. The tree is stamped then cut out. Once stuck down , punch out a number of small circles to use as "leaves" and then add a small flower or two. I felt I needed to bring in the orange but didn't want it overpowering. I did stitch lines all around the rectangles and the base page to bring it together.
I hope this inspires you to create this week! Pick one product and see if you can create around that.
Take care
PS The photo was taken by Sarah Bates who runs a photography business. She comes to you... It's quite unique. Let me know if you want her details.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Results from Open Night!!

This Mug template I received from my sister, Di, who also got it from someone!!  It is a beautiful template and everyone seemed to really enjoy making it. Of course, they were then filled with lollies! They also had the added bonus of taking the template with them too!

This is a photo of some girls hard at work creating while others browse the catalogue and drink tea! Ahh, this is the life.... There was a showbag for each person filled with some goodies and freebies. We also had a raffle in which we raised $80 for the Queensland flood appeal!! Well done girls!!

I put up a display of some new products which were all very favourably received. The new rubons are just fantastic not only looking but in quality - simply beautiful. We now have quite a good selection of owls, which are always popular in scrapping and card making. In the new range there is also a great set of 3 cards using the new tree stamp. Very good techniques in these three cards in that 2 have hidden bookmarks. I'm doing this workshop first this year on Monday 7th during the day and on Friday 11th in the evening. If you're on my email list, you will have been informed!
I hope some of these pics have inspired you to get creating.
Have a great week.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Products!!!!

We have some FANTASTIC new products.....
If you'd like to see the great new products we have, go to our Kaszazz website and click on Product catalogue to check out our New flier.
It is Awesome....
Here's the link:  
Also, for those of you who haven't been contacted via email yet, I'm having an open night on Friday 28th Jan from 6.30pm to 9pm.
At the open night, I'll have some new products on display, plus some new workshops. I'll also have a stock table of things that I'm selling at greatly reduced prices- most of them pre-loved.
On top of that, everyone who comes to my open night, provided you've let me know, will also get a showbag of free stuff, special offers and time to play with some product and make some items.
It's going to be fun. So, if you're available and feel like a bit of you time creating and chatting, let me know and pop over.
Hope to see you soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Grade 6 Graduation invites....

At the end of last year I was asked to put together 40 invites for the Grade 6s. They chose the colour scheme and I worked with another parent who helped with the wording on the computer. The word Graduation 2010 was printed on vellum. I chose the theme of circles - like the circle of life idea. I used the retro circles CB folder for the purple bling background and then scalloped the green bling. The colourful card behind the wording is white card that has been blended using shabby shutters and dusty concord distress ink and a blending tool. I created a fake buckle using the circle punches. With the left over circles, I stuck them onto envelopes.
It was quite a rush, but luckily Jude was back by then and helped put them together!
Hope you have a great week.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kris Kringle with Kaszazz consultants!

 I created these to pop a small gift in for each of the consultants going to the Christmas lunch. All using SB essentials and foundations paper with various bling from the sticky bling.

This wallet was made using brown bazzill which I embossed with a CB die called mini mosaics. After that I inked the cardstock with distress ink and then embossed with clear embossing all over to give a leather look. The rest is really straight forward if you have the tutorial to follow which I did. Go to http://www.splitcoaststampers/ and search wallet, to see the tutorial. It's really cool and a lot easier than it looks. Anyway, this was what I gave my present in. We each had to create a container of sorts to house the present. It had to be Kaszazz products. It was lots of fun and everyone made such cool containers!

Sorry for the long wait between posts, I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year!
Now, I'm back.....
Hope this has inspired you. If you create a wallet too, can you email a pic to me so I can pop it on the blog?? That would inspire even more peeps.
Take care